American teen visiting Israel severely beaten by police, report

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Tariq Khdeir beaten by IsraelThe U.S. has confirmed that Tariq Khdeir, an American teenager, has been arrested by Israeli authorities and the State Department has expressed concern that he has been “severely beaten.”

ITV news says Khdeir is the 15-year-old cousin of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old boy who was murdered in Jerusalem on Wednesday in what Palestinians say is revenge attack for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens last month.

ITV says Tariq Khdeir attends high school in Tampa, Fla. He was beaten on Thursday in an attack that was caught on video. The assailants appear to be Israeli police officers.

“We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody and strongly condemn any excessive use of force,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Palestinians protest during the funeral of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. A preliminary autopsy report shows that 16-year-old Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by his kidnappers, a senior Palestinian official said late Friday
Palestinians protest during the funeral of Muhammad Abu Khdeir. A preliminary autopsy report shows that 16-year-old Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by his kidnappers, a senior Palestinian official said late Friday

“He was visited by an official from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem today,” Psaki said.

“We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force,” she said.

In an interview with ABC News, Tariq’s mother called her son’s treatment at the hands of Israeli authorities an “attempted murder.” She said her son had been on a summer holiday visiting family in east Jerusalem.

ABC News says:

“Photos of him in detention show his severely swollen and bruised face, which his mother, Suha Abu Khdeir, said was unrecognizable when she first saw him following the arrest.”
“‘I could not believe it,’ she told ABC News. ‘When I finally looked over at him, it was a feeling that I’ve never felt before in my life.’”

Israeli police dispute the video, which a spokesman told ABC was “edited and biased” and “does not represent the events.”

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25 responses to “American teen visiting Israel severely beaten by police, report”

  1. Hannibal Avatar
    Hannibal

    enlighten us… Was it self inflicted? Israelis claim they are different than the barbaric Arabs but blood is blood and cousins are cousins… You people are of the same breed… A breed of vipers. You will never rest until you destroy each others and take this planet with you.
    God’s chosen people my ass…

    1. very disturbing Hannibal but it is best not to believe that it represents all Israelis, just as isis does not represent all sunnis or Hezbollah does not represent all shia. these events are designed and used very effectively to outrage us as they should but we have to be careful not to get sucked in to the extent that we don’t believe in a solution that excludes violence. As doron told us the extremists on the Israeli side are as bad or worse than on the Palestinian side, both are capable of derailing the chance of peace as we see taking place. heart wrenching picture of a child we all can relate to.

      1. American side

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          “A preliminary autopsy report shows that 16-year-old Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by his kidnappers” …. Palestinian ‘side’?
          Sounds like Pakistanis to me. Some kind of ‘honour’ there.

      2. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Poor place to pick for a ‘holiday’ visit, however, knowing what the damned countries over there are going through now. Florida, weird as it is sometimes, seems a better spot. Send money so the relatives have a computer, and use Skype.
        Don’t have the airport hassles in that case either.
        (Assuming the ‘net’ works, unlike the one in Tripoli.)

        1. MekensehParty Avatar
          MekensehParty

          You are hereby appointed Tripoli’s eternal ambassador ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            I can try … ;-)))
            It’s like a microcosm of all the stupidities …

        2. 5th I feel the same way about a trip to the land of confusion, instinct tells me it will be an anxiety roller coaster I feel bad for family there as I break promises year after year but I dont think I can do it , if you decide to head south let me know.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Geo. If the next winter begins to look like the last I’ll be there.
            I’m still cleaning up the results on trees.
            (I think I could steel myself to drive – flying isn’t appealing any more.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. nagy_michael2 Avatar
      nagy_michael2

      That’s what i have been telling the Syrian regime lovers here. The Syrians are no different than Israelis.. so what makes them our brothers? hezbollah=Jihadists=israeli=syria=iran.. they all the same mold..
      The Israelis are being coward here picking on a poor 16 years old boy. did they find anything on him to beat him like that? They always lie and deny.. And that’s the motto of Nassrallah too. they want the world to show how civil they are but behind the door they are as brutal as the PLO..

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        Yes … anytime ANY of these countries say ‘taken in for interrogation’, you know it’s not just a ‘chat’ session. ‘Security’ is to be as avoided as the ones they theoretically ‘secure’ one against. Especially if you’re female.

    3. sweetvirgo Avatar
      sweetvirgo

      We didn’t get all the facts as of yet. Why jump to conclusions? I know it looks bad but we haven’t heard why he was arrested.

      1. Hannibal Avatar
        Hannibal

        Arrested is fine… I am sure he has done something. Once he was in cuffs I saw how they kicked him in the head. I have a boy the same age and they are still babies for God’s sake.

        1. sweetvirgo Avatar
          sweetvirgo

          I agree he shouldn’t have been beaten. He is just a little boy.

  2. man-o-war Avatar
    man-o-war

    Looks can be deceiving, he’s a lot tougher than he looks. Maybe he was “gay” like his murdered cousin and they were trying to beat it out of him.

    They arrested six Israelis for the murder of his cousin. However, no Jewish homes have been destroyed. Why doron?

    1. Hannibal Avatar
      Hannibal

      He is not from God’s chosen people ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. Honeysuckle Avatar
      Honeysuckle

      Coming from the guy who drinks beer on ramadan lol

      1. man-o-war Avatar
        man-o-war

        Lol! How about bacon?

        1. i WIL CHOPE YUR HEAD AND KIL YU

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Oh, just chop the head. Don’t kill me please. :-))))

          2. share da single malt or I wil kil yu tu

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Ok, ok ….
            (maybe just the 12-yr will suit him. hehehehe)

          4. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            I like your new name, you should be the new emir of Lebanon.

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          For Man-O … About Bacon.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    Well Folks … Here’s a sort of ‘bottom line’ on the human problems .
    (* radicalism largely caused by bad education of the basically brain-dead far as I’m concerned *)
    An answer to a question that really makes sense. Hope the questioner listened.
    (responder knows the numbers it seems too …)
    https://www.facebook.Com/photo.php?v=10204326980673843&set=vb.1209145283&type=2&theater

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